The Gospel Truth September 2022

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Publisher’s Prayer

Lord as I navigate this wonderful journey called life I am eternally thankful for the love you continue to surround me with. I am thankful for the love and support of my amazing family. There is nothing I have done or could ever do to earn the blessings You continue to bestow upon me. Father I pray to be a blessing to others as you so generously bless me. You, my Lord are so worthy to be praised.

my strength and You are my protector. Today is a blessed day. - AMEN

strength, the Lord is my healer, the Lord is my true source of joy.

Father please help me to remain appreciative of this life as the gift it is. Help me to treasure the blessing of a healthy body and to do all I can to protect, nourish and strengthen it. Give me the wisdom to continuously seek Your will for my life. Sharpen my mind with the dawn ing of each year so that I resist viewing the blessing of continued time on this earth as a step closer to physical Youdecline.are

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Father I pray for all of Your children who are feeling pain, frustration and lack. I pray Dear Lord that they will seek You in every situation and circumstance. I pray that Your name will be the one that they call out to for relief. Continue my Lord to dwell in the hearts of Your children as an eternal source of love. Thank You today and every day. I am proud to be Your child. --

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Father I pray for peace during these uncertain times. As much as we try to figure it all out, Lord You already know. When I find myself pondering the circumstanc es of the day I take comfort in the fact that You are in charge! Nothing will happen that You don’t allow and nothing will happen that You cannot stop. I realize Dear Lord that it is not my job to understand. It is my job to be faithful and to trust that with You all is well, at all times.

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I am eternally grateful for the love You continue to bestow upon me. You love me unconditionally with all of my issues and all of my faults. You love me, Father, in spite of myself. I thank You for being with me always. I am comforted by the knowledge that You are with me every moment of my life.

To God be the Glory. -- AMEN

for the joy You place in my heart and for the simple pleasures of this life. When I contemplate what makes me unique I find myself thinking of the attributes of others, in areas where I fall short. Thank You Father for making these musings short lived. I am quickly reminded that You are a perfect God and that I am perfectly imperfect. One of the great joys of my life is striving to improve. I read books, I listen to sermons, I search the web and most of all I pray. Self examination for me is not a chore but a way of measuring how I am living my life.

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All is well with my soul as I focus my attention solely on You. I am thankful as I breathe the air You so graciously provide to me each day. How wonderful it is to be Your child. How wonderful it is to know that You are in charge. I am thankful Dear Lord for the blessings You continue to bestow. Father I know that I am in no way worthy of all that You give to me. You give me peace and love. You give me food to nourish my body. You give me all that I need to survive. Your blessings are so much appreciated as You place the right people in my life and in my path each day. I know Father that You are also placing me in the path of others so that I might do Your will in being a blessing as well. Keep my eyes open, Dear Lord, so that I might see those in need.

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Hedgemond used her military and corporate expe rience to create a licensed intercultural etiquette and protocol enterprise. The former corporate executive defines protocol as a series of social skills and behav iors performed in a formal or ceremonial setting. She adds that etiquette informs how you engage people in that defined setting. She fashions AOE as a finishing school that provides training.

“Our company provides training to youth, adults, and business professionals. Our classes are offered virtu ally, as well as in person,” Hedgemond says. “We want people to know we’re here and what we offer to the community, especially for children and young adults learning business etiquette, social skills, etc.”

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What makes a believer commit to a ministry? What entices a customer to keep supporting a product? Connection and service will always attract customers and multiply opportunities. Rose Hedgemond creat ed Avenues of Excellence (AOE) to help people lever age protocol and etiquette to set themselves and their products and services a part in ministry and industry.

The burgeoning businesswoman says understanding protocol and operating with a sense of etiquette extends into the digital world.

Hedgemond highlights etiquette mastery as critical for social satisfaction and professional mobility in South Florida’s cultural melting pot.

Hedgemond offers these three tips for protocol and eti quette excellence in ministerial settings.

Create an Inviting Spirit: “People want to feel welcomed when they come to your ministry. Ministries must have onboarding documents, including a welcoming packet and a first-time visitor sheet. Your greeters have to love people. Anyone engaging members or visitors is a min istry ambassador. So, they have to be inviting.”

Organize and Optimize Communication: “If you cre ate an effective onboarding package, you should have valuable information that allows you to understand the person’s needs and be able to offer resources that are relevant to the person. You must be responsive. People want to hear from you quickly.”

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In 2019, Rose Hedgemond released her first children’s book, “Father-Daughter Dance: A Night On The Red Carpet,” a story about the power of a father’s presence and positive influence on a young girl’s life. The chil dren’s book is a literary creation of the annual signature Father Daughter Gala hosted by Avenues of Excellence. The next gala is scheduled for October 8 at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables. More information is available on AOE’s website.

“It is a major misconception to think that technology makes basic respect irrelevant. This can’t be further from the truth,” Hedgemond adds. “Irrespective of the environment, protocols and social engagement cues are always present and relevant.”

Have a Plan to Retain Your Members: “The leader must develop the vision and implement protocols within the ministry. Then, the leaders and lay members must im plement and unify that experience. In addition to view ing someone as an individual, we must view them as a resource. We should see them as a person, a family unit, and a source of knowledge or service. When we lose a person, we lose their knowledge, service, and family.” For more information on Avenues of Excellence, log on to www.avenuesofexcellence.com.

“Miami is an international hub. Our community always hosts dignitaries, diplomats, international leaders, and visitors. In this setting, protocol and etiquette intersect. Learning how to interpret and demonstrate that in tersection becomes imperative,” Hedgemond declares. “Understanding how to respect diverse cultures is criti cal and creates a business advantage.”

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put on the side closer to the body. Other objects should be distributed throughout different compartments in order to spread out their weight. A backpack also shouldn’t be worn for longer than is necessary to move objects from one place to another, and features such as pull-out han dles or wheels are dead weight if they aren’t actually being used.

When a backpack is overloaded, the straps tend to dig into the shoulders and trapezius muscles of the wearer. This can restrict circulation to the arms and put stress on the rotator cuffs. Potential consequences in clude shocks, numbness, or tingling along the upper limbs, and the ef fect may be worse if a person wears a backpack on just one shoulder. It’s also common for wearers to lean forward to try to balance the weight, which is an inefficient posture that forces them to bend their necks in order to see ahead of them. It is also

Normally, pain from overusing a backpack will subside when some body stops overusing it. Pain may be worse in children who are develop ing scoliosis, which they should be regularly assessed for. If your child is still complaining of soreness, your chiropractor can offer several non-invasive, non-medicative ther apies, including spinal adjustments for developing bodies. Many offices also offer soft tissue therapies such as low-level laser and therapeutic massages that can reduce muscle inflammation and speed the healing process. Your chiropractor can also provide advice on more efficient posture and how to set up a work station so it won’t additionally stress a child’s back.

To begin with, a backpack is still a better option than a messenger bag, due to having two straps, but this is only true when both straps are used. The straps should be wide and padded. They should not be tight enough for the shoulders to feel compressed, but they should pre vent the backpack from dangling down to the wearer’s lumbar region. It is also advisable to get a backpack with a waist Chiropractorsstrap.usually recommend keeping a backpack’s weight to less than fifteen percent of the wearer’s weight. But how that weight is dis tributed also makes a difference. Heavier objects should be placed in the bag first so that they won’t shift around, and they should be

Common Problems

Backpack Usage

With school in session again, many children have resumed wearing backpacks. As this is typically the heaviest load children carry, chil dren who suffer from musculo skeletal pain will often feel it most intensely while using a backpack, but pain can also persist or flare up afterward. Of course, children are not the only people who are vul nerable to misusing backpacks, but we thought now would be a good time to share some advice about safe usage with all our patients, and to provide some guidance on how chiropractic offices can assist peo ple experiencing pain in their backs, shoulders, and necks.

and other problems from inefficient backpack usage do not usually cause permanent problems in children, but they won’t go away as long as the child is misusing the backpack. Older people should be mindful of the risk of wear-and-tear injuries and take pain seriously, as well.

Proper Backpack Usage

Relief from Backpack-Related Pain

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Rev. Paul E. PastorMoss, Rev. Charles M. Taylor, Senior Minister Sunday Worship Celebration & Youth Sunday School 9:50 am Tuesday Prayer Service 6:00 pm Noonday Meditation M-Th 12noon Senior Minister Sunday School 9:00 AM Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Sunday Evening Worship 7:00 PM Tuesday Bible Study 7:00PM Friday Prayer Meeting 8:00 PM GRACE BAPTISTEVANGELICALCHURCH,INC. 8400 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, Fl 33138 Ph: 786-230-3786 Fax: 305-754-9200 14501 NW 7th Ave Miami, Fl 33168 Sunday School 8 AM Morning Worship 9 AM and 11 AM Bible Study Tuesday 7 PM Rev. Jacques F. PastorSaint-Louis, Church Phone 786-286-5611 Church Fax www.unitedchristianpraiseandworshipcenter.com305-620-7020 UNITED CHRISTIAN PRAISE & WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH INC. 7626 NW 7th Ave Miami FL 33150 / Mailing address 2370 NW 174th Terr Miami Gardens FL 33056 Sunday School : 9:30 AM Sunday Service :10:30 AM Bible Study every other Wednesday 7:30 PM Bishop Dennis Jackson Sunday service: 7 AM and 10 AM Sunday School 8:30 AM Wednesday: Bible Study, 7 PM INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY IN THE GOSPEL TRUTH? EMAIL US SANDY@THEGOSPELTRUTHNEWS.COMTODAY “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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